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Camino del Norte: Bilbao to Santander

Camino del Norte: Bilbao to Santander

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 16 people
Destination(s): Spain  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 665 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 945 Euro (EUR)

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: Bilbao. You will be booked in a hotel in the heart of the town of Bilbao. The rooms are en-suite. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 3* hotel, en-suite. Includes: (B).

Day 2: From Bilbao to Portugalete (14 km, 3 h). A relatively short stage, going through the old industrialized Bilbao. After passing the suspension bridge, the Camino enters the industrial heart of the Basque Country; despite this, it is a place of peace and calm along the Cadagua River. Crossing the historical “Devil’s bridge”, the camino arrives at the hermitage of Santa Águeda. From there, we take a deep breath before the steep ascent to the town of Barakaldo. Following a footpath along the Galindo River, we arrive in Portugalete. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 2* hotel, en-suite. Meal: Half board.

Day 3: From Portugalete to Castro Urdiales (27 km, 7.5 h). What a wonderful stage! The Camino now leaves the coast, ascending to Otañes with beautiful views of the craggy coast below. From here the Camino enters a forest track that brings us to Robredal and its church of San Nicholas. Finally we arrive in the coastal town of Castro Urdiales, passing the bullring and the beach. Castro Urdiales is an interesting town with a mix of medieval and modern architecture. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 2* hotel en-suite. Meal: Half board.

Day 4: From Castro Urdiales to Laredo (24 km, 7 h). Today, the Camino passes a medieval castle/lighthouse and follows the coast along spectacular cliffs, overlooking the Cantabrian Sea. Reaching Guriezo, we continue on the main camino to Rioseco, passing the Chapel of Santa Isabel, crossing the bridge over the River Aguera and on to the Church of La Magdalena. From Guriezo the camino continues to Liendo where there are two different alternatives for going to Laredo; either crossing the valley and passing the Church of Nuestra Senora de Liendo in Hazas, or following paths up to the Chapel of St Julian, and finally to Laredo. Laredo is a popular town reputed for its beautiful beaches, medieval quarter (Puebla Vieja) and lively atmosphere. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 2* hotel, en-suite. Meal: Half board.

Day 5: From Laredo to Escalante (16 km, 3.5 h). The Camino continues from Laredo in the direction of Colindres (where it is possible to cross to Santona by boat). We continue by road, following Santoria’s Marshes. This marshland is of considerable importance to the migration and wintering of numerous aquatic birds. Although today's walk is flat, the scenery is fabulous with the coast and its mountains shaped like sugar loaves. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 1* hotel ens-suite. Meal: Half board.

Day 6: From Escalante to Santander (27 km, 7.5 h). From Escalante, the Camino continues via the beaches of Berria and Helgueras until reaching Noja. From there, the Camino heads south towards San Miguel de Meruelo or an alternative camino can be taken which continues north along the coast to continue through the town of Isla. Both caminos converge in Bareyo where it is worth stopping to admire the beautiful Romanesque Church of Santa Maria. From the village of Somo, you can catch a "pedrenera", a traditional boat used to connect the two sides of the bay. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 3* hotel en-suite. Includes: (B).

Day 7: Santander. After breakfast we bid you farewell. Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Luggage transfered from hotel to hotel
- Rooms en-suite
- Half-Board during the hike
- Detailed walking notes
- Map
- Pilgrim passport.

Price Excludes:
- Flights
- Insurance (recommended)
- Drinks
- Dinner first and last nights
- Flights from/to airport.

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